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Nepomucen Plum

Rating: 3.25

This one is the first of two Nepomucen beers that I managed to try last month when visiting Warsaw, the other which a review of isn’t too far away was their Milo hefeweizen. This particular offering was the second beer that I sampled at Brewdog’s Warsaw bar on my trip, having been persuaded to stick around for a second beer in the bar and sadly this one turned out to not be worth it for me; the nose being such a let down that it ruined what was otherwise a fairly decent stout. Nepomucen isn’t a brewery that I was familiar with prior to visiting Poland, it appears to be a fairly new brewery that is based in the town of Jutrosin, roughly half way between Poznan and Wroclaw but as you can imagine, not too many of their beers make it out of the country so this was a rare chance to try a few. Here’s what I thought of their Plum stout when I tried it.

Appearance (4/5): Black in colour and opaque with a thin head on top that is about a quarter of a centimetre tall and sits as more of a lacing on the surface of the beer; it does manage to cover it well though and there is an extra bit of build up around the sides too.
Aroma (4/10): The beer was quite a weird one on the nose with a very smoky aroma that was like putting your nose to a used ash tray; it was very unpleasant and off-putting with a lot of cigarette smoke in the early going. Once the beer opened up then there was some darker malts that started to come through alongside faint oak but the early smoke overpowers most things sadly and it’s a poor one.
Taste (6/10): Thankfully the taste was a huge improvement on the nose and the smoky notes faded considerably with only a few showing at various points. The beer was loaded with dark malts and some of the oak from the nose showed here too, although it was more noticeable this time round. There was some vanilla sweetness and the odd roasted flavour to see things out; much better than the nose and almost like a different beer.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and very smoky, particularly with the nose and especially in the early going. There was a nice balance to the beer come the taste though and the smoke subsided some too, there was touches of sweetness coming through on top of subtle carbonation; definitely not a good start but it improved a lot after that.

Overall (13/20): Quite a strange one here and almost like night and day when you compare how bad the nose was in the early going to the rest of the beer; there was far too much smoke that gave the beer the smell of an ash tray but once it had settled and been given a bit of time to open up then it started to improve. There was some faint oak and sweetness at times, I also enjoyed the darker, roasted malts nearer the end but it’s not one I’d go back to given how bad it started.

Brewed In: Jutrosin, Rawicz County, Poland
Brewery: Browar Nepomucen
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Stout
Abv: 5.1%
Serving: Keg (Pint)
Purchased: Brewdog, Warsaw, Poland
Price: 16PLN (appox. £3.20)

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  1. April 13, 2017 at 09:13

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